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Sunday, June 3, 2012

YouTube Spam E-mails

I am no longer getting fake Amazon e-mails. I think that Amazon has solved the problem and everything is back on track. Thanks, Amazon, for taking the time to care for us that are being spammed.

However, I still receive massive amounts of e-mails from scammers posing as service@youtube.com when really it's not YouTube at all.

I found a solution that may work, at least within my e-mail client. I clicked to expand Full Header. Once this was done, here's what it showed:
If you click on the picture, it will enlarge it for you to see. The black boxes are covering my personal information or what could be apart of my personal information.

See the read circle? Inside of that red circle is an e-mail address that does not belong to me nor to YouTube. Towards the bottom of this e-mail is something about a redirection to a YouTube service address. In my e-mail client, I am able to select and highlight characters within this box. I highlighted that e-mail address, right-clicked, then selected "Copy", and went into my Settings were I blocked the address from contacting me.

NOTE: In more than one of these scam e-mails, I have seen more than one e-mail address used. It seems that these scammers are hacking into random people's e-mail addresses and using those e-mails to contact people with. I receive e-mails like this on the regular from people's hacked e-mail addresses. You will probably never meet or try to contact any of these people so blocking them or reporting them as spam will not harm you or your e-mail. In some cases, I think this alerts the e-mail client such as Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, etc. that this e-mail address is hacking people and the e-mail provider locks the e-mail up and forces the person to sign in with their security question and/or has them create a new password which stops their address from spamming. You might even try contacting these people and letting them know that they are being hacked and spamming people, but if you are someone like me, you get so many of these e-mails that it'd be impossible to do so.

YouTube still doesn't seem to recognize this growing problem as nothing on their website indicates any way of forwarding these e-mails to them so it looks like we're still on our own for this one.

To prevent scams and spams, beware of who you give your e-mail address to. Beware of what websites and people ask for your e-mail information. NEVER give out your password to anyone that you do not trust for any reason. If we can abide by these guidelines, it will decrease hacks on e-mail accounts and spam.

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